The sinking of a migrant boat claims 41 lives off the Italian island of Lampedusa

The sinking of a boat carrying 45 people, including three children, resulted in 41 deaths off the coast of the island of Lampedusa.


The sinking of a migrant boat has claimed the lives of 41 people off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, reported the Ansa news agency on Wednesday, citing accounts from four survivors.

The boat, which was carrying 45 people, including three children, departed on Thursday morning from Sfax in Tunisia before sinking a few hours later in the Sicilian Channel, added the Italian agency.

The four survivors, three men and one woman from Ivory Coast and Guinea, were brought ashore by the coast guard at Lampedusa.

The link between this vessel and the two boats that Italian authorities reported sinking on Sunday has not yet been clearly established. At the time, two deaths, 30 missing persons, and 57 survivors were reported.

In addition, Tunisian authorities announced on Monday that they had found eleven bodies on a ship near Sfax and that 44 migrants were still missing.

Nearly 93,700 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea this year, compared to 44,700 at the same time last year, according to updated data from the Ministry of Interior.


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